Rick Barton

Senior Engineer I

My career began at the ISP level, where I developed skills and techniques required for thorough and efficient troubleshooting of wide area networks.  As ISP’s struggled to keep up with increased bandwidth needs, I learned the value of scalable network design. I then expanded my efforts into the commercial enterprise sector working for a managed services provider, successfully implementing LAN/WAN solutions for scores of organizations. The enterprise sector gave me the opportunity to develop my firewall skills, not only to address security concerns but also to meet the required compliances the industry demanded. In recent years, I have contributed to the design and deployment of multi-tenant datacenter security solutions utilizing RFC-6598 to accomplish network transparency with optimal operational support.

It is worth noting that throughout my career, I have leveraged my programming and scripting skills in efforts that have yielded a broad and diverse set of tool suites such as monitoring & alerting, NOC tools & dashboards, and configuration generators..


As a NetCraftsmen, I love the opportunity to get creative and utilize so many of the skills I have acquired throughout my career. Working with so many technologies so often is such a benefit to keeping those skills sharp.


I enjoy working closely with the customer and being a part of their teams. Their goals are my goals.


On the weekends you’ll find my wife and I somewhere in the city walking, bike riding, dining, sightseeing, socializing, and enjoying the ‘city living’.


Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.